Illinois Valley Central High School
- CHILLICOTHE, IL
Illinois Valley Central High School Reviews
Rating 3.73 out of 5 49 reviews
I liked how they ended up trying to change things for the students I don’t like how they’ve treated the staff, a lot of our best teachers are getting fired or hate the way they’re treated and are quitting.
The school has a very welcoming atmosphere that permeates the entire building. All of the teachers say "hello" to students in the building as they walk by, and almost all of them seem to make a conscious effort to make students feel as if they belong at IVC. The students themselves are often very friendly and come together as one when necessary. The only "worst part" of IVC that I would like to see change in is the quality of the food provided by the school. There is very little variation, and the food is not very appetizing.
IVC didn’t prepare me well for college, especially in the sciences department. They claim that adding classes to help with this are “too costly” but just added onto the science building so I guess we’ll see if this changes in the future. If you want to get out of the area and attend a large university after graduating IVC, be prepared for a lot of hard work, paying attention, and focusing on your studies in your gen Ed classes. Other than that, it is pretty average for a small town high school. Good teachers that care about their students.
I enjoyed the music department. I played sports for awhile and they were lackluster and not very talented skill wise. I was not prepared for college at all, neither the application process nor actual ICC classes but the counselors were good at answering questions when needed. Facilities are nice but academics are lacking.
I was new to the district my Freshman year. Although it was a little difficult to find friends, I eventually started to find my rhythm and become friends with some amazing people. The school has a good variety of clubs and activities available to students. I myself am part of Book club, Scolastic bowl, and JOI club to name a few. They really encourage students to be involved and make it easy for freshmen/ new students to join clubs and sports. For students who wish to go into an artistic field or into the trades, IVC is an amazing school. They offer a wide range of classes and even prepare them for the future through work based learning and advanced classes focused on assembling portfolios to submit into colleges. On the downside, the district makes it hard for students to truly get ahead because they don't start foreign language or advanced math until high school. Personally, this caused problems for me and my schedule because I was in advanced classes at my old district.
Most of the teachers really do care about everyone of their students, and don't play favorites which is encouraging. On the other hand, there are a few teachers who make learning efficiently very difficult. Overall, this school has a lot of opportunities for student involvement and gives students a decent education.
Overall kind of terrible, people are rude and we have major drug problems. Other than that it's still bad, not good quality education and there's not enough money to give to anything other than football. So if you break a beaker in science, you're fresh out of luck because they won't buy another one to replace it. Oh and don't even think about having funding for the music programs, there's literally none. A thousand a year maybe? Kind of awful
I feel that this school prepared me very well for my time in college. The classes that I took here were equivalent to the lectures I have taken in fairly upper level college classes, especially for the science and mathematics sections. There were not an excessive amount of clubs to join, but I feel that there were fairly enough of them to make my time at the school interesting and entertaining. The teachers were always very caring and were incredibly intelligent. Plus, with all the AP courses offered at the school, the overall academic experience was fantastic.
I like attending Illinois Valley Central High School. The environment is nice and the classes are good. I only wish the students were more friendly.
The thing that I love most about Illinois Valley Central is all of the activities you can be in and the people that attend. I have learned that what you put into the school is what you get out of it. The more that I am involved, the more fun it is!
The teachers put in their best effort and it truly shows. Teachers are constantly trying to adapt to the ever-changing technological advances of this day and age and due to the fact that Illinois Valley Central does use Chromebooks it is easy to incorporate technology in the classroom.
No school nurse if you feel sick they set a timer and only allow you to lie down for 30 minutes and the assistant principal was roughly 20 feet a way when a girl shoved another girl in the lockers and yelled profanities into her face and the assistant principal complimented the bully on her outfit and did nothing
There are not that many of very many people involved there at only3 member on student council that are planing and putting together the Prom this year
They don't care about work load outside of their own class or anything happening out side of their class or school
I feel safe at all times but sometimes it feels like over kill with the student IDs, there are 600 students here. Everyone knows everyone. I mean the phrase, "-Insert Name-, where is your ID?" is a little silly. If you know my name why am I wearing a badge with it?
The sports at IVC are slowly decreasing, there are a few players on every team that are very committed and love their sport, but the majority seem to just be on the teams because that's what they've always done. They act like going to practice is a waste of time. Few of the coaches are genuinely liked and it seems like they easily get sucked into petty high school drama. But the ones that are are really great people who care about each individual athlete. The music department is incredible, its always been very strong and feels like a family. However, there is a massive divide between the "jocks" and the "geeks." Not that there isn't overlap between the two but neither groups support the other in any way.
IVC is overall a positive experience, the students are outgoing and fun, but there is a lack in school spirit that shows with the attendance at activities. By the second half of a football game the stands are empty and the sentence, "lol IVC sucks at everything" is not unheard. But there is an odd sense of community throughout Chillicothe that supports the school and keeps the clubs and music department strong.